Rettig’s quality start not enough as Mountain Hawks fall to Lafayette
Army West Point
04/17/2021 | 12 o’clock
BETHLEHEM, PA. – Despite another brilliant effort from junior left-hander Luke Rettig, the Lehigh baseball team fell a seventh inning in two runs, beating Lafayette 3-2 on Wednesday afternoon at J. David Walker Field. The Mountain Hawks (12-9, 9-4 PL) had already won the season with the Leopards before this game, but could not catch the season run with the defeat.
“We have to build on the positive results,” said head coach Sean Leary. “Our start pitching has been excellent this season. We essentially wasted a huge effort on Luke today. So we know what we have, we know what our forte, and it’s hard to tell, just to forget when you have suffered bad defeat, but I still believe in this team.
“It was a heavy defeat because we didn’t play as aggressively as we needed today.”
After Rettig threw eight innings at home against Lafayette last Wednesday without allowing a well-deserved run, he continued that performance on Wednesday with a similar one. He threw six scoreless innings and dispersed five hits while walking one and hitting 10 career batters.
“Luke was amazing today,” said Leary. “This is about as good as you could be unlucky. The hard part about beating so many people is that you’re going to count up your bad luck a little. He felt okay going for the seventh, though.” it didn’t. ” I don’t feel right when I have five weeks left and hopefully the tournament is on the horizon. Two weeks in a row, Luke gave us the chance to win, which is a starting job for pitchers. He was great. “
Lehigh and Lafayette managed to play a goalless tie in the first four innings of the competition when the Mountain Hawks broke through at the end of the fifth half. Reigning Patriot League Player of the Week Casey Rother scorched a single right field, scoring 1-0 to Eric Cichocki.
With right-handed Sam Wurth pitching for Rettig’s relief, the Leopards managed to get three runs of two doubles and one single to take the lead between the seventh and eighth innings and take a 3-1 lead.
Lehigh had one last chance to get runs on the board in the ninth when second Adam Retzbach led the inning with a home run to right field 3-2, his fourth of the year to put the Mountain Hawks within a run of 3- 2.
What a shot 👀 The fourth homer of the season for Retzbach has just cleared the right field wall! #GoLehigh | #RTTR pic.twitter.com/BOAPollJ8r
– Lehigh Baseball (@LehighBaseball) April 14, 2021 Chase Carlson finished the Lehigh rally and ball game with an away game by Quinn McKenna and Cichocki.
Retzbach went 2: 4 with his homer and an RBI, while Rother went 1: 4 with his RBI single.
Wurth was burdened with the loss after allowing three runs with five hits over two innings, dropping to 1-2 a year.
Lehigh continues the 2021 campaign with four major Patriot League competitions against Army West Point over the weekend, starting with a double header on Saturday at Walker Field and another double header in West Point on Sunday at 1 p.m.
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